American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise (Hardcover)

Joe Drape

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Synopsis: History was made at the 2015 Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed in 1978. As magnificent as the champion is, the team behind him has been all too human while on the road to immortality.
Written by an award-winning" New York Time"s sportswriter, "American Pharoah" is the definitive account not only of how the ethereal colt won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes, but how he changed lives. Through extensive interviews, Drape explores the making of an exceptional racehorse, chronicling key events en route to history. Covering everything from the flamboyant owner's successful track record, the jockey's earlier heartbreaking losses, and the Hall of Fame trainer's intensity, Drape paints a stirring portrait of a horse for the ages and the people around him.

From the Inside Flap: History was made on June 6, 2015, when a muscled bay coltrolled out of the far turn and squared his shoulders to let his rider, VictorEspinoza, stare down the long, withering stretch of Belmont Park. A sense ofinevitability surged through the mammoth old grandstand as the fans in thecapacity crowd strained on the tips of their toes before letting out a roarfrom deep in their souls. The 37-year search for a Triple Crown winner wasover. His name was American Pharoah. The colt affirmed the prophecy of FrancesRelihan, an Irish horsewoman who cared for him as a baby in the bluegrass ofKentucky where dreamers and schemers match wits and pedigrees in the pursuit ofbuilding a perfect racehorse. She was the first to recognize the spirit of achampion in him. American Pharoah brought redemption to his flamboyant owner,Ahmed Zayat, whose stable was bankrupt and honor publicly questioned before thecolt come along and restored his fortune and reputation. The rare talent forcedhis Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert take stock of a life and career that wasas notorious for its controversies as his many successes in a way that a recentnear-fatal heart attack and the deaths of his parents had not. Finally, for hisjockey Espinoza, a generous and sensitive soul who perhaps appreciated the coltmost, American Pharoah galloped him into the history books. From AmericanPharoah's modest beginnings in the Bluegrass State to his ultimate triumph inthe Empire State, Joe Drape explores how the battered, old sport of horse racingfound an immortal Thoroughbred, one worthy to stand alongside Sir Barton andAssault, War Admiral and Whirlaway, Citation and Secretariat, as only the 12thTriple Crown champion in history. Drape chronicles how a gifted horse namedAmerican Pharoah dropped in the laps of a group of very human horse people and,as he ran to glory, taught them all humility.

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